This fall semester is flying by. Sometimes it is hard to believe how fast my weeks pass. I am writing this post on Thanksgiving Day. We were planning to visit Dan’s family for the holiday, but there has been an ice storm that has kept us home this year. And even though it is quiet, it is nice to have a few moments of rest before the craziness of the next couple of weeks begins.
So, what have I been doing? Well, in addition to homeschooling my kids, I have been teaching music at the Christian school, leading a homeschool choir, teaching 20 music students weekly (in addition to my own kids), working on the Genesis board, and playing in the college band. Each of these things has been an incredible blessing, but it seems like all of them are focusing to come together in the first two weeks of December.
So, in those two weeks I will have Christmas program rehearsals almost every day at the Christian school, we have a homeschool choir concert, a college band concert, the actual Christmas program, Cosette’s birthday, and the Genesis Christmas baskets all in a matter of a few days. Throw in there that I am still going to be trying to fit in my lessons and being on the stocking crew for the food bank in December, and I think that I will have plenty to do! I just hope I don’t forget something somewhere along the way…..
The homeschool choir has been a new addition into my schedule this year. I wasn’t really sure how this would work considering the students come from all over the area and can only meet about once each month to practice. I have made rehearsal cd’s for them to use between practices to help them learn their parts. I have been surprised how well this has actually gone. I have kids in grades 6-12, and they are all wonderful kids who do their absolute best. That is a blessing. Our first concert is in December. We will have another one in the spring.
This is my second year of helping with the Christmas program at the local Christian school. I can’t tell you how much I love doing this. Yes, it takes a lot of time, but I love the kids and the teachers at the school, and it is incredibly rewarding. I wouldn’t trade it for anything really. We only will have a couple of weeks left to practice once we go back to school next week, so things are going to be pretty heavy and fast for a few days. I’m sure I will have plenty of pictures to post of the wonderful kids that are in this program this year.
Another new thing this semester has been the college band. Kara’s trumpet teacher felt that she had progressed enough on the trumpet to play some with the band. Because this is such a great opportunity for musical growth, I decided to make it work into our schedule. So, Kara is playing trumpet in the college band. Cosette is also playing in the band–she is learning percussion and enjoys it a lot. And since I have to drive the girls, I decided to break out my clarinet and join along too. And, I must admit that it has been pretty fun.
Teaching music lessons continues to expand in my life as well. It is such a blessing to have these people come in on a weekly basis and share music with me. We haven’t had lessons for a couple of weeks because of the weather and Thanksgiving holiday, and I have missed having my students come! 😦 They’ll be back next week though! 🙂
So, things have been pretty crazy, but I am not complaining–I love everything I do. God has given me many wonderful opportunities, and I am thankful for each one. That being said, it is probably doubtful that I will get much more blogging done until Christmas break! LOL!
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